Nicole Schammel, who last season was the leading scorer at the University of Minnesota and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award for the best player in college hockey, has signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League.
“Being a part of the Whitecaps organization is a huge honor and I could not be more excited to join the team and the NWHL,” said Schammel. “The visibility for women’s hockey has increased over the last few years. The opportunities available for women’s hockey players have improved and I hope to see these continue to grow.”
Schammel, who describes herself as a “creative forward” whose best attributes as a player are her playmaking and offensive skills, added, “The most important thing to me is touching the communities that support the Whitecaps and giving our fans the best possible product on the ice. From a team standpoint, the Whitecaps had an incredible first year in the NWHL and I would like to help the Whitecaps defend the Isobel Cup.”
In 2018-19, Schammel capped off an incredible career with the Gophers, leading the team with a career-high 47 points (16-31-47) in 39 games. She also earned All-WCHA Second-Team and All-USCHO Third-Team honors in her final season.
“Nicole is coming off a great year with the Gophers, and we are excited to have her be a part of our offense this coming season,” said Whitecaps co-head coach Ronda Engelhardt. “Nicole has a way to make plays happen and be in the right place at the right time.”